The World Health Organization has warned that nine in 10 African countries are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.
The global targets were announced recently at the World Health Assembly, the world’s highest health policy-setting body, and at today’s pace only seven African countries are set to meet them.
According to WHO, numbers of cases continue to rising week-on-week and increased by nearly 20% to over 88 000 in the week ending on 6 June.
The pandemic is trending upwards in 10 African countries, with four nations recording a spike in new cases of over 30% in the past seven days, compared with the previous week. 72% of all new cases were reported in Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia and over half were recorded in nine southern African countries.
“As we close in on 5 million cases and a third wave in Africa looms, many of our most vulnerable people remain dangerously exposed to COVID-19. Vaccines have been proven to prevent cases and deaths, so countries that can, must urgently share COVID-19 vaccines. It’s do or die on dose sharing for Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.
At 32 million doses, Africa accounts for under 1% of the over 2.1 billion doses administered globally. Just 2% of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people have received one dose and only 9.4 million Africans are fully vaccinated.
United States President Joe Biden who is currently in England for G7 submit is expecting announcement his country effort to support low income nations.
The US said to purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the African Union is an important step forward. “The tide is starting to turn. We are now seeing wealthy nations beginning to turn promises into action,” said Dr Moeti.
Attitudes towards vaccines and acceptance of vaccination varies across countries and communities.
South Sudan confirmed 10,475 cases of COVID-19, ten thousand two hundred fifteen recover and one hundred fourteen death since coronavirus declared in the country last year.